Back when I was in primary school (or elementary school if you’re American), I had to stay at kids club sometimes after school and during the holidays. That’s when I was introduced to the Nintendo 64 console and it’s awesome games, such as Yoshi’s Story (1997) and Pokémon Stadium (1999). So, naturally after playing a ton of Pokémon Stadium, I wanted a sequel that would make it better and more enjoyable to play.
And now, after 10+ some years, that sequel has been made. Well, kind of.
Way back in August of last year, it was revealed that Namco would be working with The Pokémon Company to create a beat ’em up-style Pokémon game. Expect, it would be more of a crossover game than a processor. It will have fighting elements of Namco’s successful series (and my favourite gaming franchise) Tekken with the characters from Pokémon, i.e. two Pokémon characters will fight in an arena, diminish eachother’s health bars and have the ability to perform special moves (these attacks will be Pokémon techniques from the actual games). Pokémon can even perform Mega Evolution during battle by performing attacks using a ‘Resonance Gauge’ (similar to ‘Cross Arts’ if you’ve played Street Fighter X Tekken, I’m guessing). There will also be a support system where other Pokémon can attack for a one-off from the sidelines (once again, I’m guessing similar to the Tekken Tag Tournament games).
Katsuhiro Harada (producer of Tekken) and Masaaki Hoshino (producer of Soul Calibur) are working on the project.
The main Pokémon fighters confirmed (so far) are:
The supporting Pokémon characters also confirmed so far are:
Sadly however, Tekken fighters will not be included in this game, meaning I won’t get to see Jin Kazama beat up Pikachu (*sigh*). However, fans of both the Tekken series and Pokémon series will enjoy this game that (even though it’s an arcade game) has a specialized controller so it’s easier to play (see image below).
Tekken X Pokémon Pokkén Tournament was released in Japanese arcades three days ago (16th July) with plans to release it worldwide and onto Nintendo consoles (this date has yet to be announced, although knowing Harada, pretty soon).
I’m going to bet now that they release it on the 3DS and WiiU so it’s compatible with amiibos – if not, Nintendo is missing a serious trick there. Still, if has elements of Tekken, I’m willing to give it a go.
- Watch the announcement trailer here.
- Watch the (Japanese) gameplay trailer here.
- Watch Pikachu vs. Lucario gameplay here (apologies for the Japanese commentary).
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